Grimm Episode 107
"Let Your Hair Down"
Written By: Sarah Goldfinger and Naren Shankar
Directed By: Holly Dale
Original Airdate: 16 December 2011
In This Episode...
A young couple is hiking out to a remote lake when they are captured by a survivalist. He brings them back to camp, hog-ties them, and is ready to shoot when a noise in the woods draws his attention. He investigates and is roped around the neck with a very long, very thick rope of hair. The couple heard choking noises and a shadowy figure going through the survivalist's belongings, but saw nothing; they were focused on getting the hell out of there. At the crime scene, Nick finds a couple long, long strands of hair and comes face to face with a wild-eyed woman with a blutbaden face.
Preliminary DNA matches the hair to Holly Clark, who was abducted from her yard when she was seven years old and never seen again. An adopted child born to a drug addict, Holly has been missing for nine years. Hank and Wu track down witnesses and suspects from the kidnapping while Nick goes back to canvas the crime scene. A second look at the suspect list shows the Clark's neighbor, Jimmy Addison, had too good of an alibi: he was in the hospital after getting attacked by a wild dog while camping. Curiously, he went to a hospital over 100 miles away from where he was camping. Hank brings him down to the station for further questioning.
Meanwhile, Nick enlists the always-reluctant Monroe to help him sniff out Holly. He theorizes that Holly didn't know what was happening to her when going through the blutbaden change, and it panicked her. In the forest, Monroe catches Holly's scent, but the feral 16-year-old is naturally untrusting of people. But she was shot up with buckshot from the survivalist, and the wound is now infected, so she is very weak. The boys trace her to her treehouse home, and in her weakened state doesn't fight too hard against help. Monroe "speaks" to her in her native tongue (or visage) in order to gain her trust. Nick leave the pair so he can find cell signal and call for backup. While he is gone, the survivalist's angry, idiot brothers see Monroe digging for medicinal root in the forest, and follow him back to the treehouse.They want revenge for their brother's murder, and also for losing out on millions of dollars in marijuana plants that the DEA seized from the crime scene (dead survivalist was a major drug distributor). Nick comes back to find Monroe being held up at gunpoint, and while he has his gun, it is still two against one.
But the guys have earned Holly's trust, and she saves them with a violent lash of her ridiculously long hair. She chokes one of the brothers with her hair, allowing Nick to take his shot at the other brother without putting Monroe at risk. With the danger out of the way, Holly embraces Monroe tightly. Nick calls Hank, tells him what is going on, and tells him to look into a name he saw on a camp stove in Holly's hideaway: Addison.
Back in civilization, Holly is brought to her mother for a timid and tearful reunion. She later picks out Jimmy Addison from a lineup as the man who abducted her (she panicked, her blutbaden side came out, and nearly tore him to pieces).
Dig It or Bury It?
I really liked this episode. It feels like Grimm has finally figured out an organic way to blend the Grimm creatures into the story. Remove the fairytale and supernatural aspects of this case, and it still makes for a very compelling story. Dashes of mythology were added subtly, in just the right places. I thought that redneck brothers were oddly used - they were almost filler. They made some enticingly grotesque threats about torture and revenge, but in the end they were all talk and ultimately inconsequential to the plot. Even more inconsequential? Last week's repair man telling his buddies that he was in the home of a real live Grimm. I assume they will be back.
...Child molester. Holly was truly the victim here. After being abducted by a creepy old man, she acted solely on instinct to survive. She was definitely no Rapunzel; she simply had freakishly long hair.
Once Upon a Time
Nick asked Monroe a question that I thought was great: did you know when you were born that you were a blutbaden? I would have assumed that he would know, but instead, his blutbadenism was more like puberty: the first time he felt the surge and fanged out, it was weird. "If she didn't have parents who understood, she might not know what she is," Monroe concludes. Nick is also shocked to learn that Santa Claus is a Grimm creature; meanwhile, I was shocked at Nick's shock.
See you next year, Grimm. Please have episodes more like this one. You are on a good trajectory here; don't screw it up.